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Ottawa police announce break in Ardeth Wood case

Ottawa police arrest Chris Myers, 25, in connection with death of Ardeth Wood, murdered two years ago while on a bike ride.

Charges have been laid against a man in connection with the death two years ago of a philosophy student who disappeared while out on a bike ride in Ottawa.

Chris Myers, 25, of Ottawa has been charged with one count of murder following the death of Ardeth Wood, said police Chief Vince Bevan, who described the man as a transient.

Myers has also been charged with four counts of sexual assault related to other attacks between July 2003 and December 2004.

"Charges being laid does not bring any closure," said Brendan Wood, Ardeth's father, at a news conference Thursday afternoon.

Wood, looking haggard, thanked investigators for sticking to the case, which cost police $675,000.

Myers was picked up May 14 in North Bay, Ont., on a sexual assault charge, and local police later recognized his Ottawa police profile.

Bevan said Ottawa investigators picked up Myers in North Bay on Thursday morning. He is expected to make his first appearance in court tomorrow.

Wood, 27, went missing Aug. 6, 2003, while biking along a wooded path in the Green's Creek area of Ottawa.

A search involving hundreds of volunteers, police and the military uncovered her body five days later.

Police received tips that a man on a bike had been seen trying to lure women into the woods along the same bike path where Wood was found.

Police received thousands of tips and released a composite sketch of a suspect. The suspect was described as a man in his 20s or early 30s with a goatee and a bird tattoo on his upper left arm. A $50,000 reward was also offered.

Wood was visiting her family at the time of her disappearance. She was on leave from her PhD studies at the University of Waterloo in southwestern Ontario.

She told her mother she was going for a bike ride but she never returned, spurring her parents to call police.

"It has been very helpful that Ardeth was not forgotten by the public or the media," said Ardeth's father, accompanied by his wife, who did not speak at the news conference.

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